Warnings about Entocort Capsules

Are there any other precautions or warnings about Entocort Capsules?

Before you start taking medication, be sure to inform your doctor about any ailments and allergies you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as other important facts about your health. These factors may affect how you use this medicine.

Diabetes: After oral administration, budesonide may lead to poor blood glucose control in people with diabetes. High blood sugar may occur, glucose tolerance may change, and diabetes may get worse. If you have diabetes, you should carefully monitor your blood glucose while you are taking budesonide (orally) and report any irregularities to your doctor.

General: Tell all your doctors if you have recently taken or are taking corticosteroids.

Gastrointestinal tract: budesonide can cause heartburn and even stomach ulcers after oral administration. Tell your doctor if you experience stomach discomfort or signs of bleeding from the stomach (black, tarry stools).

Infections: A medicine taken by mouth may mask some signs of infection and increase the risk of new infections. Viral infections, such as chicken pox, measles or herpes, can be more serious in people taking budesonide. Children and adults who have not had these diseases should take special care to avoid exposure.

Medical conditions

Because this medicine may affect other co-morbidities, tell your doctor if you have the following conditions:

  1. active stomach ulcer
  2. acute heart disease
  3. cardiovascular disease
  4. cataract
  5. diabetes
  6. diverticulitis
  7. glaucoma
  8. high blood pressure
  9. kidney problems
  10. myasthenia gravis
  11. osteoporosis
  12. hyperthyroidism
  13. mental disorders

Osteoporosis

Oral intake of long-term budesonide may cause bone weakness, resulting in an increased risk of fractures. If you take this medicine continuously, talk to your doctor about your particular risk of osteoporosis.

Stress: People who take this medicine orally and are exposed to any unusual stress should increase the dose of fast-acting corticosteroids before, during and after the stressful situation as directed by their physician.

Pregnancy: The safety of budesonide in pregnant women has not been established. Its use by pregnant women is not recommended unless the benefits outweigh the risks.

Breast-feeding: Budesonide is not recommended for use by breast-feeding mothers.

Children: The safety and efficacy of budesonide for use in children has not been established.